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EU Asks High Court to Decide if ACTA Infringes on Rights

From PCMag.com:

EU Asks High Court to Decide if ACTA Infringes on Rights

The controversy surrounding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has prompted the European Commission to ask Europe’s highest court to assess whether the deal is incompatible with the fundamental rights and freedoms afforded to Europeans.

The commission wants the court to determine if ACTA infringes on rights like “freedom of expression and information or data protection and the right to property in case of intellectual property,” EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht said in a Wednesday statement.

He stressed, however, that “ACTA will not censor websites or shut them down; ACTA will not hinder freedom of the internet or freedom of speech.” But a judicial review will provide some clarity on these issues, De Gucht said.

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